Is Working-Out Twice a Day Really Beneficial?

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I'm going to be totally honest here... I did not do a great job this past weekend eating healthy. It was one of those super busy weekends where I was constantly on-the-go and had no time to prepare. Plus, I had friends visiting from out-of-town since Thursday so there were many meals eaten at restaurants, and of course, we just HAD to get dessert! So Sunday night rolls around and I am totally feeling the tummy bulge... way too many carbs, sugar, and bad stuff!

My first thought was "I must do a double session at the gym on Monday!" Ironically, as I was perusing Facebook, I came across a Women's Health Magazine article that actually addressed whether or not working out twice a day actually helps you to lose weight. It was an interesting read for me (as I often find myself at the gym twice a day following a "bad eating weekend") so I figured I would share with all of you. I'm assuming I'm not the only one who tries to make up the massive caloric intake with a few hard workouts?

According to the Women's Health Magazine article, more isn't always better. Having said that, if you are someone who exercising on a regular basis and have maintained that schedule for an extended period of time, double sessions every now and again will really boost your metabolism and help you to get back on track or see those results you've been waiting for. Just make sure to follow these steps:

  1. Perform your high-intensity training in the morning and save the strength workouts for later in the evening.
  2. Take at least one complete day off per week. (of course you can keep up your stretching!)
  3. Do not perform double sessions on back-to-back days. You'll eventually get super tired and overloaded, which ultimately won't benefit your body or your health.
  4. LISTEN TO YOUR BODY. If after your first workout you're wiped, skip the second one so that you are able to get back at it tomorrow efficiently and effectively.